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Kuranda, Skyrail & Scenic Rail

Enjoy a breathtaking journey on one of the world's most scenic train routes through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning spectacular gorges.

Nestled in mountaintop rainforest splendour just to the west of Cairns, Kuranda, the charming 'Village in the Rainforest' presents a bevvy of tropical delights and has been enchanting visitors for years.

From the traditional appeal of the famous Kuranda Markets to the cool sophistication of roadside cafes and restaurants, Kuranda has something to suit everybody. Soar above the rainforest canopy in your Skyrail Gondola and go back in time on the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway.

Step into the colour and excitement of the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Birdworld, be smitten by the Koala’s in Koala Gardens, meander through local art galleries and Aboriginal Artefacts, or simply savour a locally made tropical fruit ice cream.

Itinerary (subject to change)

  • 8.15am: A coach will pick you up from your hotel. Transfer to Smithfield Terminal to board the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway at the scheduled time advised by the driver and glide above the rainforest canopy to Kuranda.
  • There are two stations en route where you can alight and enjoy a walk through the rainforest to spectacular lookouts or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Centre.
  • Arrive at Kuranda to enjoy free time for approximately 3 hours, and explore the 'Village in the Rainforest' and its many attractions including the Heritage Markets which operate daily. Enjoy lunch (own expense). Other Kuranda Village attractions you may wish to visit are Birdworld, The Australian Butterfly Sanctuary or Kuranda Koala Gardens (own expense).
  • At 2:00pm board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for the journey to Cairns, and enjoy spectacular views as the train travels through 15 hand cut tunnels and past spectacular waterfalls. Stop at Barron Gorge to view the falls before arriving at Freshwater Station.
  • Your tour concludes at approximately 4:00pm, at which time hotel drop offs will commence.

Experience Includes

  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway journey
  • 3 hours Free time Kuranda Village.
  • Spectacular aerial views of tropical rainforest
  • Kuranda Scenic Railway Ticket to Kuranda
  • Pick-up and drop off from most Cairns and Cairns Beaches hotels

Experience Excludes

  • Refreshments and meals.
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail Gold Class Upgrade
  • Skyrail Diamond View Upgrade
  • Optional gratuities


Daily, year round.

Departure location

This tour picks up from centrally located Cairns accommodations. Hotel pick-ups starts 45 minutes prior to the departure time. Pick ups and Drop offs are not available from Yorkey's Knob, Holloways Beach and Machans Beach.

Start times

Approximately 9.00am. Pick up is around 8.15am.


Around 8 hours.

Terms & Conditions

  • Pick-ups and Drop offs are not available from Yorkey's Knob, Holloways Beach and Machans Beach.
  • Children 3 years and under travel free.
  • Tours do not operate on Christmas Day.
  • The Kuranda Scenic Rail (KSR) is subject to extreme weather conditions resulting in non-operation. In this instance, return Skyrail will be provided to substitute the KSR portion. You will be advised on the day of alternative arrangements that will be available to you.
  • All Kuranda tours are self-guided. Your Boarding Pass will be given to you by your driver. It includes your itinerary in written format, with timings to ensure your day runs as efficiently as possible.
  • Fuel levies may be introduced when required. Should this occur, charges will be payable locally and subject to change without notice.
  • Cancellation Policy: No refund if booking is cancelled less than 24 hours prior to travel or in the event of a no-show.